efe-epaBy María Angélica Troncoso Alter do Chao, Brazil

A paradise of freshwater beaches hidden in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has, so far, averted the galloping onslaught of deforestation, and offers tourists a quiet oasis where life trundles along at a markedly slower pace.

Alter do Chao, also known as Brazil's Caribbean, is a small fishing village, located in the north of the country in the Amazonian state of Pará, and has nothing to envy of other exotic tourist hot spots.EFE-EPA